Another item that is beginning to disapear is s-video input for newer flat screen tv's. I was over at frys, after my old 27-in sony tv bit the dust (probably a $2 part but who fixes these anymore for less than a new tv) and I was looking at the quality of the sets.
The only ones that still had s-video in were clearly inferior with respect to pixelization on faster moving scenes. The ones I liked the best were the LG and Samsungs (in the under $500 range 26-in or samller), but these don't input s-video.
I've been trying to hunt down an s-video to dvi (or vga) converter so as to be able to use my computer flatscreen (an AOC 22 in I use to watch captured utv shows after removing commercials). There seem to be only a handful of these for a reasonable price (less than $80). And there are actually some that must be a professional setup, since there's lots for $300 or more, though I don't know who would ever buy these now.
What are others doing about this? In my case I run a 50 foot s-video cable which I would not want to change to the composite at that length.
And what about tv's themselves, if one uses sat tv, then what use is a tv with a tuner anyway? If I could find a computer flat-screen with an svideo input, I'd probably go for it. And generally, these go for much less than a full blown hdtv set now. My AOC was only $180 and it even supports being controlled (color, brightness, dynamic effects etc.) by my laptop over the dvi input.UPDATE
I found 2 LG flatscreen tv's with s-video input, a 23 and a 27 inch, plenty for my viewing. I bought the 23 inch LG m237wd for $300. At this size, a SD s-video input looks quite good. This model has all the sorts of inputs you'd want so it could someday work with true HD if ever there's a DVR as good as my utv's.
It has one feature that I am thrilled about
: on s-video it supports 2 zoom modes which can remove the black bars on letterbox but most important is that one of the zoom modes just crops the super annoying scrolling banners on many sports events. I used to tape black paper over these since they give away the scores of other sports events that I'm recording and so spoil my ability to watch in sequence 2 games that are on at the same time. Also these banners are often ads and are like magnets to the eyes.
Oh, and the LG colors just seem more vivid than any other flatscreens I've looked at. At this small size, from about a 6 foot viewing distance, I don't even see much difference between hd and sd, especially on anything that has a lot of motion. So, hopefully this will let me stay with utv for another 10 years